10 July 2013

Food Bloggers Connect (aka #fbc5)

With such a jam-packed 3 days of lectures, girl-crushes, networking, eating scrummy food and talking incessantly about blogging, I'm not sure I will be fully recovered for another week or so. At least.

I've never really been to Battersea/Clapham properly (bar to nose around the Battersea power station, run around the park in neon and go to the Foodie festival) so it was great to have a proper, daytime look around. Our venue was the Battersea Arts Centre, and it made my little heart swoon.
 
 
  
 

 
 

My favourite thing about the conference? Meeting so many lovely fellow bloggers, who totally understand the all-encompassing world that is deciding to start a blog, and learning lots of stuff.

 This is two hours AFTER the last lecture of the evening...
 

Our keynote Speaker David Lebovitz was hilarious and so much mischief, photographer Penny de Los Santos was just amazing, and I made so many new blog friends.

The theme for the year was community, and we certainly formed a multi-nation, multi-topic blog selection including the below ladies;

Nicky - Baking Beardy / Morgan - Peaches Please / Dannii - Hungry Happy Healthy
Claire - Claire Bakes / Laura - Foodie Laura / Ceri - Natural Kitchen
 


There were hiccups, yes, and it felt a little brand heavy at times but overall it was such a positive experience that I'm really glad I got over my initial nervousness at meeting everyone and went.

Unsurprising as it was a Foodie conference it felt like we nibbled from sun-down to sun-up. Every time we had a break there was another new delectation to enjoy.



There may have also been a few beverages, but who's counting?


I'm almost becoming a little bit English, and in a perverse way enjoyed the queueing - it was another opportunity to meet more bloggers.



Can't wait until next year.

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  1. Alas we didn't get to chat - too many food bloggers so little time. Really enjoyed your round up. Some fab pics. And yes you are becoming British if you're happy to queue.

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    1. Awww, that is most definitely a shame! But there were so many people...
      Yes, the queuing was a little annoying but with such lovely people to chat with it was fine.

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  2. Did we chat? Hope we did, so many people to meet!

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    1. Yes, briefly! I enjoyed your presentation, it really portrayed your bubbly personality. Such a great weekend!

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    2. aww thank you so much, hopefully till next year! x

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  3. Your round up is lovely - adds up to the weekend nostalgia I've been feeling in the past few days! Also, totally get your point about queues...which is a lot to say, given I come from a country where queue-jumping is the rule :)

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    1. I have had post-conference blues too, work is so boring :-)
      I couldn't live in a queue jumping country - except when it's elderly people queue jumping (who shouldn't have to jump, they should be allowed in).

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  4. This sounds like so much fun, I am in love with those carpet booths!

    Dannielle | Chic-a-Dee

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    1. The venue was gorgeous - quite a hidden gem. They have a great little cafe there too.
      It was quite weird being the least 'foodie' foodie there, but most of the classes all translate to any kind of blog to be honest.

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  5. Queueing? Loss of accent? Oh Emma. Count yourself a fully fledged Brit :) Lovely to meet you in "real life" x

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    1. Oh, I know. It's a tragedy, but I will always love Lolly Cake & Tomato Sauce. I can just be a fake POM!

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  6. Lovely round-up - takes me right back there! I'm missing my morning coffee breaks and afternoon teas, long lunches and evening street parties! Until next year...

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    1. Thanks! The variety and frequency of breaks were pretty darn awesome weren't they!

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  7. Lovely looking article Emma - 'twas a fab event all round :) x

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    1. Thanks Leyla, the fab weather was such a bonus!

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  8. It was great to meet you after following each other on Twitter for a while :)

    I think I have just about recovered from a sugar hangover, but still getting used to not having delicious treats on hand constantly.

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    1. So great! Hope your journey home was ok!

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  9. So that's where I left my phone! ; )

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    1. A ha! I just loved the contrast between the building & the modern technology. Kinda summed the weekend up for me.

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